NBC’s new show Undercovers provides viewers with another spy based action drama with touches of comedy which is very similar in the vein to Chuck cross with Mr. and Mrs. Smith. From the currently super hot J.J. Abrams (Fringe, Lost), Undercovers is about a married spy couple Steven and Samantha Bloom that have long since retired from the service that the CIA are reactivating to complete deep black-ops missions that they can’t even send their regular agents to do.
Overall, the show is well paced, and has plenty of touches of Abrams style of writing and production, including an assumed tongue in cheek signature lens flare style shot. Watching the show, I felt like it was as if it were a future sequel to Chuck if Chuck and Sarah married and then retired to become caterers. There is a lot of action in the pilot, and plenty of great dialog, but the pacing seems to be very uneven at times as Abrams tries to mix in backstory of our characters with limited success. I think the show would be better paired with Chuck on Monday nights as the demographics would fit better, but considering how much promotion NBC gave this show during the summer, they are banking on the fact that it’ll be a strong hit for the fall.
Unfortunately, preliminary numbers show that is pulled equal ratings to the unadvertised Chuck which is not a good sign for it’s future.
- J.J. Abrams littered the episode with his usual sweeping photography style and light tone, and he even includes an lens flare scene.
- Why..why did they pull the “enhance a digital photo” gag.
- Sexpionage is a cool term. I’m sad I didn’t come up with it.
- ‘Mr. Hoit, the more you kiss my ass, the less I like you.’
- Loading an RPG while high speed driving and then hitting her target is awesome.